Seeking Good Chinese Roast Pork in SF Chinatown (Only SF Chinatown)
Here's a photo of a lunch I recently had at Kam Po - on Broadway & Powell. Prices are reasonable and the portions are generous. I think this plate was 5.95 or 6.50? Under the two meats is some cabbage. They get pretty busy at lunch. Very working class and lots of retirees....out for a bargain lunch.
Kam PO Kitchen
801 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
I am in Honolulu where everything in life is 20 minutes away by car. This includes succulent chinese style roast pig. I'm not too familiar with SF, but my experience in any Chinatown is to go where the Chinese go. For roast pork though, I would give up the notion of a sit down place. Go to a Chinese roast mean monger and get it chopped fresh on the spot and eat it out of the butcher paper. This usually occur while driving home or work where the best crispy skin and fatty parts never make it to the destination.
Sit down restaurants where the pig is not visible doesn't allow for freshest cut product, and most sit downs that have hanging pork here in Hawaii is usually only the bacon belly cut variety. I know, it's great with rice, should be no challenge to get a side of rice at the butcher or some eatery next door. The better roast meat mongers will have a variety of cuts available, I prefer that which is closest to rib cage, with the bone, fat, mean and skin. The head when you can get it, you gotta be up early, has the cheek. The cheek is the perfect balance of fat, slightly thicker crisp succulent skin and tender meat!
For the best Chinese roast pig experience, give up the notion of proper "mealtime". Get up early, hit the butcher as he opens and experience the best cuts and freshest pig for what it is...an experience.
Well, made the 15 min. brisk walk from Fidi to New Moon. First impression was the deli was well lit, but the small eating area is a little kloogy and had to share a small table. Hey, who cares I'm here to enjoy some tasty pig. Ordered the roast pork over rice before even sitting down. While I was waiting for my food I saw they offer 2 BBQ items for merley $.75 more in the traditional pink Chinese take-out menu.
I knew this place was legit when party of 10 Muni drivers all Asian walked in to enjoy their lunch.
First came a large bowl of complementary broth of the day. I think it was mei choi pai gwa tong (dried mei greens with spareribs). It was a tasty and hot broth, a good start to the meal.
The rice plate came shortly after the broth. The skin was absolutly great! Crispy light and full of flavor but the meat portition had too much fat. I know, I know, it's the way it's suppose to be. It was just a little too much for my liking. I preferrer 70% meat, 20% fat and 10% skin ratio and not 60 fat, 30 meat, 10 skin, at $4.50 I ain't complaining. The pork had very nice flavor to it, almost like a deep salty smoky flavor to the meat. Overall, I enjoyed it very much I would probably order the two item combo next time, as I was walking out someone ordered the duck noodle soup and the duck looked really good and fresh.
Thanks for the rec. guys.
Since no one step up and help you out I will try and see if I can. The two places I like best for Roast Pork not Roast Pig do not have seating or not in Chinatown.
But of the two I would try New Moon on Stockton Street between Broadway and Pacific better pork but poor sitting area.
Better sitting but not as good in my opinion is Yee's on Grant Ave also between Broadway and Pacific.
Petty sure about the name New Moon but it something moon.
Hope this helps. Good luck in you quest.